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The Man Who Understood Women (1959)

Willie Bauche, a Hollywood producer, becomes so obsessed with turning his wife, Ann Garantier, into the sexiest star in Hollywood that he neglects her real needs. Feeling lonely and tired ... See full summary »

Director:

Nunnally Johnson

Writers:

Romain Gary (novel), Nunnally Johnson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Ann Garantier
Henry Fonda ... Willie Bauche
Cesare Danova ... Major Marco Ranieri
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Preacher
Marcel Dalio ... Le Marne
Conrad Nagel ... G.K. Brody
Edwin Jerome Edwin Jerome ... The Baron
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Soprano
Harry Ellerbe ... Norman Kress
Frank Cady ... John Milstead
Ben Astar ... French Doctor
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Willie Bauche, a Hollywood producer, becomes so obsessed with turning his wife, Ann Garantier, into the sexiest star in Hollywood that he neglects her real needs. Feeling lonely and tired of Tinseltown, Ann returns to her native France and finds herself attracted to Marco Ranieri, a handsome and very attentive pilot. When Willie hears about the budding affair, he flies into a rage and hires assassins to kill his rival. Unfortunately for him, the killers are romantics and decide that Ann and Marco are so in love that both must die so they can be together always. When Willie finds out, he rushes over to France to try and save his wife.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Über den Gassen von Nizza See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Il mondo di notte (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

A Paris Valentine
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
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And the Man Who Once Understood How to Make Movies
12 October 2009 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Nunnally Johnson, one of the great talents of the movie business in the 1930s and 1940s eased up for several years, and then came back to write and direct this immobile lump of a motion picture..... not helped in the least, by the way, by the fact that the color has faded on the print shown this evening on Turner Classics Movie, going all pink.

Into this mess, he injected some very talented performers, particularly Henry Fonda, but then seems apparently to have directed everyone in a monotone, from megalomaniac Henry Fonda, who plays Leslie Caron's starmaker husband, to Myron McCormick, who plays his platitude-spouting assistant, to Cesare Danova, who plays her seducer. Caron gets to weep and screech a bit, but that's about the limit of emotions on display. Everyone speaks in long speeches all the time.

A thorough-going stinker. Avoid this one.


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